Basketball season begins this week in the North Fork Valley. Hotchkiss will kick off the season at home Thursday when it hosts the San Juan Basin's Nucla Mustangs.
Opening tip for the girls' game is 6 p.m., and the boys will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday Paonia High School hosts the annual San Juan Basin/Western Slope League Shootout. Western Slope teams Paonia and Hotchkiss will compete against SJB teams Ridgway and Norwood.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Hotchkiss girls will play the Panthers at Delta at 6 p.m., with the boys' games to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Also on Tuesday, the Paonia girls play at Olathe at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7 p.m.